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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 25 / 15

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01/14/15
Twitter Names Lakers Most National NBA Team

Twitter has developed an interactive fan map showing levels of support for each NBA club across the country, following a similar map created last year around NFL fandom. Despite carrying just a 12-27 record this season and having ABC dump a scheduled March 1 broadcast , the Lakers are the most na ...

Tags: Franchises, Twitter

01/14/15
Franchise Notes

In Seattle, Bob Condotta reports the Seahawks' final 1,200 tickets for the NFC Championship Game against the Packers were "snatched up quickly after going on sale Tuesday morning." The tickets were "available only at the CenturyLink Field box office," which was "a switch from last year, when the tea ...

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01/13/15
Former NBAers Lining Up In Pursuit Of Hawks

At least four former NBAers "are involved with different groups trying to get" the Hawks, with each player having "significant roles" in their respective ownership groups, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. The fact that so many former players are going after the Hawks reflects a "competition i ...

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, Franchises

01/13/15
MLL Cannons To Play Games At Gillette Stadium

The MLL Boston Cannons have inked a deal to "play all" of their '15 home games at Gillette Stadium, according to Bruce Lerch of the BOSTON HERALD. Harvard Stadium was the home of the team since '07, but plans to "redo the stadium’s turf field this summer and a lack of availability du ...

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01/13/15
Elway-Fox Power Struggle Likely Led To Separation

In Denver, Mike Klis in a front-page piece reports Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations John Elway and coach John Fox yesterday “agreed that after four years together, the Broncos needed a new coach and Fox needed a new team.” The pair “didn't always agree,” as Elway “h ...

Tags: Franchises, NFL

01/13/15
Franchise Notes

The Ducks on Sunday held a jersey-retirement ceremony for former NHLer Teemu Selanne, part of a four-day celebration of his career. The club eclipsed $500,000 in merchandise sales, eclipsing its gameday sales record by 28%. More than 10,000 people also visited the team store and tent over the four-d ...

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01/12/15
Sources: Hank Aaron Bidding For Stake In Hawks

Baseball HOFer and Braves Senior VP Hank Aaron "has joined a group of current owners" seeking to purchase the Hawks, according to sources cited by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Sources said that the group "is spearheaded" by Grizzlies Vice Chair Steve Kaplan, DC United and Inter Milan Owner Erick Thohir, ...

Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

01/12/15
Pegula Praised For Landing Rex Ryan

The Bills this morning officially named Rex Ryan their new coach, signing him to a five-year deal worth $27.5M and delivering a "clear-cut signal that it's a whole new era" for the franchise, according to Sal Maiorana of the ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE. Ryan was the "best head coaching c ...

Tags: Franchises, Buffalo Bills

01/12/15
Pace Takes Reins Of Bears Front Office

Newly appointed Bears GM Ryan Pace "spoke for nearly 40 minutes Friday in the Mugs Halas Auditorium and offered little insight into his thoughts on a roster" of which he has "final control" ( Brad Biggs, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/11 ). In Chicago, Rich Campbell wrote Pace "spoke only in generalities Fr ...

Tags: Franchises, Chicago Bears, NFL

01/12/15
New Redskins GM To Lean On Draft

In DC, Liz Clarke noted new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan "laid out a philosophy of building an NFL team Friday that differs sharply from the approach the team has taken" previously under Owner Daniel Snyder. McCloughan "spoke with clarity and conviction about the merits of constructing rosters with ...

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